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The lightbulb was "perfected" in 1879 by Thomas Alva Edison.

Welcome to T.H.E.M.

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William Gilbert is credited with inventing the word "electricity."

That is, welcome to The History of Electronic Music. What is electronic music, anyway? One could make the argument that our bodies operate on the electricity passing through our nervous system, and therefore each human being is an electric instrument- a very complex one at that.

This site, however, will leave such philosophical questions to the philosophers, and instead focus on man's manipulation of external electrical devices to make music and control sound. History tells us static electricity was first noted in 600 B.C., when Thales of Miletus was able to charge amber by rubbing it. Yet, it is reasonable to assume humans had experience with static electricity much earlier than that. The word itself 'electricity' dates back the Renaissance, when in 1600 it was officially translated by William Gilbert as the English equivalent of the Greek word "amber."

A series of discoveries and inventions continue throughout the Baroque Age, The Classical Period, and The Romantic Era until we reach 1879, when Thomas Alva Edison "perfected" the lightbulb. From this moment on, electricity began to be harnessed for man's practical use, as well as his artistic endeavors. It is at this point that our history of electronic music will begin.

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